Skip to comments.Terrorist who plotted to blow up Britons given pass to work on Tube
Posted on 10/31/2006 4:48:45 AM PST by Mrs Ivan
London Underground is today accused of an appalling security blunder for allowing Abu Hamza's son to work on the network.
Mohammed Kamel Mostafa, 25, from Wembley - a convicted terrorist - was given a security pass and access to restricted areas.
He worked as a labourer at nights and weekends for a sub-contractor despite having spent three years in a Yemen jail for plotting to blow up British tourists. His father is serving seven years for inciting murder and racial hatred at London mosques.
Labour MP Andrew Dismore said today of Mostafa: "It beggars belief. It wasn't like he was nicked for shoplifting. It was terror offences in Yemen. You would think the Underground would be particularly sensitive to terrorism."
Brian Cooke, chairman of the passenger watchdog TravelWatch, said: "It is surprising that LU does not appear to have greater control over the reference checks of people employed by contractors." In a separate development, Hamza, 48, defied a Treasury order freezing his assets and transferred his £220,000 flat to his son.
Mostafa was only stopped from working on the Tube when colleagues recognised him and informed bosses who withdrew his pass.
LU chiefs tried to play down Mostafa's employment, saying he was allowed to work because "he has no criminal convictions in the UK".
But questions are being asked over the Tube's vetting process which was supposed to have been dramatically increased following the 7/7 atrocities.
LU pointed out that he was not Tube staff but was employed by a "minor" sub-contractor. An LU spokesman said it was up to the contractor - which he refused to name - and not LU to make criminal checks.
A spokesman said: "It seems this person was granted a permit because he has no criminal convictions in the UK and has a right to work in this country.
"The question of whether the checks were tight enough is a matter for the Government to address."
The spokesman added: "We don't do criminal checks on every single individual who comes on to London Underground." It was claimed that Mostafa had worked only for "a few weekends" on the network.
Asked if LU checked the contractors to ensure they were carrying out the specified vetting procedures, the spokesman added: "There is an assumption that criminal checks are made.î He said "spot checks" were made - but not as a regular and ongoing process.
The security blunder by the company was described as "appalling" by the father of one of the victims of the 7/7 bombings.
John Taylor, who lost his daughter Carrie, 24, in the attacks, said he was "shocked and stunned".
The security manager from Billericay said: "This man is a convicted terrorist and he has been allowed access to some of the most sensitive areas of the Tube." Mostafa had previously attempted to forge a career in rap, with lyrics describe waging holy war and carrying weapons.
He also sings of his "brothers" who vowed to die for Allah. Dubbed MC Hamza by associates, he launched Islamic group Lionz of Da Dezert last year and has played venues including Wembley Arena and Oxford university.
His father, who used to preach at the Finsbury Park mosque, was today continuing his appeal today against his conviction earlier this year.
Hamza, who has a hook for a hand after being injured in an explosion in which he also lost an eye, claims that he is the victim of a plot by the political establishment and police.
Someone ought to lose their job over this.
So this guy has a hook for a hand and one eye, he is a known terrorist and they hire him.
Man: Thats funny.
Nothing like doing a background check.
I'm sure its the great pay the London subway system is paying... yes, that HAS to be it.
...Asked if he hoped to become as big a name as al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, he said, "Inshallah," Arabic for "God willing."....
...The younger Hamza also said he had received special-forces military training in Yemen, where he was jailed for three years in 1999 for plotting to kill tourists and embassy staff, the paper said.
"Helicopters, tanks, planes, I can fly and drive them. I've a lot of anger inside me," he said.
"But I'm not scared. Jihad is clear, you fight those who fight you -- Muslim or non-Muslim."
Mostafa also hinted he had bomb-making skills.
"If I'm stuck in a place where I really want to escape, I can make something up using sugar and stuff," he said... (snip)
BTW, For those of you unfamiliar with the Brit jihad rap scene, you might also want to google for the ever popular "Filthy Kuffar" music video. Nice beat. If you're into jihad rap, images of kuffar turning into pigs, and mocking 9/11, its perfect for you.
"A spokesman said: "It seems this person was granted a permit because he has no criminal convictions in the UK and has a right to work in this country."
So why does he have the right to even live, let alone work, in Briton if he served three years for plotting to blow up British tourists in Yemen?
Britain seems absolutely determined to eliminate itself and replace pubs with mosks, the stiff upper lip with fatwas and sang-froid with bloodthirsty yelling as heads are sawed off.
I wondered exactly the same thing myself.
There are some bloody fools in this country, but as long as me and mine live, what you suggest will not happen.
In Australia we give known terrorist associates jobs with Qantas as baggage handlers, so why shouldn't the Brits let them work in the railway system?
Can't eliminate members of the ROP from the workforce, can we? After all, they are only practising their 'religion' when they blow up aircraft, fly them into buildings, and blow up trains and buses filled with 'infidels'.
I'm now convinced the politicians are only interested in counting votes, not how many of us will get killed in the next atrocity.
Hi, Mrs. Ivan. What's British for "not the sharpest knives in the drawer?"
London Underground's recruitment division, I think! :)
As far as I know he's British born and holds British citizenship.
That shouldn't keep him from being deported to Yemen, along with his dad.
I'm currently reading Mark Steyn's new book and he says:
"Meanwhile, Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic missionary group, has announced plans to build a mosque next door to the new Olympic stadium. The London Markaz will be the biggest house of worship in the United Kingdom: it will hold 70,000 people - only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium, and 67,000 more than the largest Christian facility (Liverpool's Anglican cathedral). Tablighi Jamaat plans to raise the necessary £100 million through donations from Britain and "abroad"."
Unless the son holds dual citizenship (which I don't think is the case) it would be impossible to strip him of his British citizenship, and as long as he remains a British citizen he has a legal right to abide in this country. Incidentally his father is Egyptian, not Yemeni.
"Unless the son holds dual citizenship (which I don't think is the case) it would be impossible to strip him of his British citizenship"
Not if the laws are changed.
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